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Trying to figure out where the Magic and the Warriors are on the path to a championship would take no longer than listening to the two teams after the game, in case you did not catch the actual game.
Mark Jackson was on one side of Amway Center talking about how pleased he was his team did not look ahead to New Years' Day and Thursday's matchup with Miami. It was a "taking care of business" type game for his Warriors, who clearly have expected more from themselves throughout this season.
On the other side of Amway Center, it was a disappointed Magic group talking about how they lacked flow and lacked the ability to generate offense like they did in their previous two wins. It was a team still learning lessons about itself and the league. The kind of game that cements the Magic's place near the bottom, unfortunately.
"There's a lot of learning to do," Glen Davis said. "There is so much learning to do. I feel like we make steps and then we take steps backwards. That's everybody from every direction. It's about keeping a level of consistency here that we can build on.
"At the end of the day We have to stay tough. Sometimes I feel like we get bored with the journey. It's a tough process. You can't get bored with the journey. You can't get bored with the process of what we're trying to do."
The Warriors took a 13-point lead in the first quarter and never looked back, breaking hardly a sweat in the game as they built as much as a 25-point lead for a 94-81 victory over the Magic at Amway Center on Tuesday. Golden State sat its starters the entire fourth quarter, enabling the Magic to sneak the lead under 20 points.
What little offensive rhythm the Magic found -- they shot just 38.2 percent for the game, marking the sixth time this month the Warriors have held an opponent under 40 percent shooting and 14th time overall -- came at that point when the game was out of reach. The Magic never made a run to threaten the Warriors seriously.no comments